Qatar Airways flying hundreds of tonnes of COVID-19 supplies to India for free

The cargo consists of donations from around the world.
The cargo consists of donations from around the world. Photo credit: Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways will operate three flights carrying 300 tonnes of essential supplies to India to help as the country suffers devastating losses from a new wave of COVID-19.

The airline intends to transport the aid from across its global network to Doha, Qatar from where it will then be flown in a three-flight cargo aircraft convoy directly to destinations in India where it is most desperately needed, as part of the airline's WeQare initiative.

Qatar Airways' group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said Qatar has a long and special relationship with India.

"As one of the world air cargo leaders, with an extensive international network, we stand ready to provide humanitarian support by transporting these much-needed supplies, and help the country fight back against this appalling virus," Al Baker said.

Qatar Airways has already transported more than 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for UNICEF as part of a five-year memorandum of understanding with the organisation. 

The cargo shipment to India will include PPE equipment, oxygen canisters and other essential medical items, and consists of donations by individuals and companies around the world in addition to existing cargo orders.